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Importing from a folder

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: Importing from a folder

One more thing to consider when importing photographs and video files from a folder is what you want to apply to these files upon import. Now there is panel on the right- hand side that gives us a few options. One of them is Develop Settings. Here if you click on this pulldown menu, you will notice there are many different presets that are preinstalled in Lightroom and you can apply these to all the photographs. Now here we don't want to do this but just know that that is an option. Another thing that you might want to do is to add some metadata to these files.

Importing from a folder

One more thing to consider when importing photographs and video files from a folder is what you want to apply to these files upon import. Now there is panel on the right- hand side that gives us a few options. One of them is Develop Settings. Here if you click on this pulldown menu, you will notice there are many different presets that are preinstalled in Lightroom and you can apply these to all the photographs. Now here we don't want to do this but just know that that is an option. Another thing that you might want to do is to add some metadata to these files.

One way to do that is to create what's called a Metadata Preset. Let's go ahead and create a new preset so that we can use this when we are importing our files in the future for this set and also for other sets of photographs. All right! Well, the preset I am going to do here is Copyright Chris Orwig. If you're on a Mac you can create that copyright symbol by pressing Option+G, if you're on Windows I believe you can press Ctrl+Alt+C to get that symbol. All right! Well, not that we have that preset name I am going to go down to the copyright and I am going to add that down here as, well because all of these files are mine, make sure they are copyrighted.

And I am just going to add that, a simple metadata preset and then hit Create. Now, of course, if you want to add other types of information here that are relevant to the files that you are importing, go ahead and do that. I am just keeping this simple for demo purposes. All right! Well, I will click Create here and then you can see I now have that preset. So upon import of all of these photographs, they will now have this metadata copyright. I can also add some keywords. A keyword could be something which explains what type of files these are.

I am going to go ahead and just say Lightroom Demo is one of my keywords, because these are all demo files for Lightroom course. All right! Well, now that I've added that information, I am ready to import these files. Yet before I do, I want to go through just a couple more things here. Let's move over to the left. You remember that you start off by choosing the folder or choosing this Exercise Files folder. You want to make sure to have Include Subfolders clicked on and you can either check that off here or click on it in the center of the screen. Now once you've done that, it shows you all of the files.

The next step, of courses, to go to the top. What do you want to do with these? In this case, we are just adding them. We want them to stay where they are. We just want Lightroom to know that they exist. Next, we move to the right, we choose our Render Preview. What's that's going to be? Typically it's Standard. That typically works best, and then apply during import, we are going to choose this Metadata Preset and then perhaps add a few keywords. Now if you want to add more than one key word what you could do is go ahead and add a comma and then type another one, which I'll add another one just for the fun there lightroom demo and lynda.com. All right! Well, now that we've gone through all that, we are ready to import these files and here we will simply click the Import button.

What will happen is Lightroom will now pick up where these files are and then next, it will render those previews. So it's a two-step process and what's great about this is it brings in all these files and while it's rendering these previews, we can go ahead and do our work in other words we can start to scroll and look at the images we could select one that we want to work on, double-click it to take it to this Loupe View mode and be on our way. In other words, the rendering of the previews that you see up here doesn't hold us back from working on these files. All right! Well, now that that import is complete, there's one more thing on a look at here.

If we open up our Folders panel, you'll notice that it is now added or imported these images and video files and it's just following the same structure of the way that those files and folders were already organized and that's a great thing about this. For some people, the word Import is a little bit misleading, because it sounds like it's moving things or changing something, it really isn't. All that's happening here is Lightroom now knows these files exist. It keeps this folder structure and file location just the same. All right! Well, that wraps up our conversation about how we can import photos and video files from a folder.

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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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